Today's Date: September 20, 2017

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

Volunteer Opportunities -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Last Week to Register -

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Final Week to Guarantee Jersey -

Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 Cycling Celebration Dinner -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Training Ride on Course -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

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Community, camaraderie and encouragement are at the heart of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. And just like riders, volunteer participants are a big part of this event!

From pre-event preparations, to day-of excitement and after-party celebrations, volunteers have many special talents to share and roles to fill. Many roles are skill-specific and filled by area experts, but others are open for anyone who’s willing to join in and lend a hand.

Following are ways you can help:

Rest Stations are important stops along the Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Adventure, Shenandoah Mountain Century, Mt Solon Metric Century and Valley View Challenge routes; providing riders with food and drink, minor mechanical assistance and parts. But when the ride is complete, what cyclists remember most about the Rest Stations are the incredible support and enthusiast encouragement provided by the Volunteers. Sign up to assist at a Rest Station.

Volunteers are welcome to drive their personal vehicles along the route assist at Rest Stations, where you can also cheer for the riders who are special to you. Spectator/drivers are not allowed to follow individual riders along the course; instead select a spectating location or Rest Station where you can connect with your special person on the course. Volunteers who drive a vehicle capable of carrying bicycles are asked to check in with the Rest Station Manager before departing, in case a cyclist needs to be returned to the Finish Line Festival.

Course Marshals will be stationed at intersections and other locations along the routes to direct and caution cyclists. Some of these tasks (downtown course marshals) can be handled by cyclists who will also participate in the event – often in exchange for a discounted entry fee. You can learn more about the duties of a Road Marshal or sign up to volunteer as a Course Marshal. (Positions have been filled)

Registration Volunteers are needed in the days leading up to the event, and event day. These roles are often filled by riders who will participate in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo – often in exchange for a discounted entry. Sign up to serve as a Registration Volunteer on Saturday, Sept. 30, (positions have been filled) or sign up to serve as a Registration Volunteer on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Venue Setup / Festival Volunteers get to experience the amazing transformation of the Turner Pavilion into the setting for the Finish Line Festival. In just 2 hours, this great team of helpers sets up the Finish Line, readies tables and chairs, decorates the Pavilion, unveils the finisher medals and Swiss Bells, and places the bike racks – all in anticipation of the day’s cycling finishers. Throughout the day, other volunteers can help maintain the venue, distribute KOM jerseys, and assist with breakdown. Sign up to serve as a Venue Volunteer.

Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt (after the event start on Oct.1, and as available sizing allows).

Last Week to Register

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Registration is only open for a few more days, and field limits are swiftly approaching capacity.

If you intend to participate in the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, register now.

Final Week to Guarantee Jersey

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August 11 is the final day on which participants are guaranteed they can order a 2017 custom event jersey in their size. Following that day, a limited number of jerseys will be available for purchase first come, first served.

The 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo jersey is the stunning result of a collaboration between Giant Step Design and Cutaway Clothing. The bold colors and vintage look evoke nostalgia for classic adventures and celebrate the simple thrill of bicycling.

Jersey front and back feature the custom design inspired by the Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains featured in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Jerseys features three elastic rear pockets, mesh side panels, full zip. Club Cut. See sizing guide prior to purchase.

2017 event jerseys are available for purchase with event registration or as a unique transaction. Jerseys ordered in advance will be ready for pickup at event sign-in.

2017 Cycling Celebration Dinner

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The 2017 Cycling Capital Celebration, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo pre-event dinner, will take place at Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza, Saturday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.

Located in the historic Livery Building in downtown Harrisonburg’s renowned Culinary District, Bella Luna offers authentic, handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, fresh seasonal salads, and house-made desserts.

The dinner event is an annual attraction for cyclists who will participate in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, as well as members of the local community, cyclists and cycling advocates. It is also a coming-together for friends of the The Cancer Journeys Foundation and Prostate Cancer Awareness Project.

Bella Luna’s seasonal menu features produce, meats and cheeses from local farms in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. Their pizzas, pastas and breads are made using organic flours.

The menu for the 2017 Cycling Celebration includes:
Seasonal Locally Sourced Salads
Hearth Breads
Selection of Wood-Fired Pizzas
Chef Colin’s Seasonal Lasagna with Handmade Noodles
Seasonal Veggies / Fruits
Gelato and Sorbet in Flavors Especially Crafted for the ‘Fondo by Bella Gelato
Featured Selection of Brothers Craft Brewing Beers
Selection of House Wines, Rail Drinks, and Other Beverages

Tickets are available online. The cost to attend is $35 per person. The event will sell out in advance.

 

2017 Training Ride on Course

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Group Training Expedition: Sunday, August 27, 2017

You are invited join in a group training ride designed to help ready riders for the Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes of the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.

At the training event, participants who are ramping up for the Alpine Loop should be prepared to tackle a 71-mile ride with 7,000+ feet of climing, including unpaved roads. Equipment should be suitable for the conditions.

Riders training for the Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure can expect a 61-mile ride with 6,000 feet of climbing on entirely paved roads.

During the ride, you’ll have access to full support from SAG vehicles and enjoy the guidance and expertise of local cycling pro’s and seasoned Alpine guides.

At the ride’s completion, enjoy a meal, relax, recover and enjoy discussing training tips and preparation with Jeremiah and other professional cyclists.

This training ride is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of some steep climbs and dirt roads of the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. It’s timed to provide a great training boost in preparation for the Gran Fondo. If you can’t participate in the ‘Fondo, this ride is a great adventure in and of itself!

Registration will be active through Wednesday, August 23, or until the event reaches capacity, whichever happens first.

BikeReg.com Registration Link